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Meet the Governors

Chris Mapp – Chair of Governors

Chris is an actuary and heads up the Bristol office of a national firm of actuarial and employee benefit consultants. He has lived in the Wotton area for over 25 years. Chris was originally elected as a parent governor and his daughter (now at KLB) spent seven happy years at the British School. Throughout that time, Chris was always very impressed with the ethos of the school and the quality of its teaching and support for his daughter. He is grateful for the opportunity to give something back to the school by continuing as a governor. In his spare time, Chris tries to make reasonable use of his gym membership and has been learning to play the piano. 


Dr Andrew Telford – LA Governor

Andrew has lived in Wotton since 1978; all three of his children, now grown up, went to the British School. He has been a governor since 1995 and was Chair for five years. For many years, he worked at Berkeley Laboratories and, more recently, at Oldbury Technology Centre, where he was Section Head of Plant Engineering. His interests focus on music and drama. 


Sue Keen – Foundation Governor

Sue taught at the British School for 22 years and was Deputy Head for much of that time. She is pleased to continue her association with the School as a governor. Sue is particularly interested in Early Years education and is the school governor representative on the Kindergarten Committee. She is fully committed to supporting and promoting the School in the local community, where she has lived for 25 years. She enjoys swimming, walking, travelling, visiting art galleries and spending time with her family, which now includes five lively young grandchildren.


Derek French – Co-opted Governor

Derek has lived in Wotton with his wife for more than 30 years. His youngest son attended the British School and two of his Grandchildren were pupils (both now at KLB). He and his wife supported the School’s PTA when their children were younger. Derek is a member of Wotton Baptist Church and became a community governor as a result of the School’s links with the Church.


Shirley Wyse – Foundation Governor

Shirley was a nurse and midwife and she is the mother of three grown-up children. Her expertise includes managing staff in nursing teams and organising projects for charity. Following her experiences as a nurse in Rwanda in the 1970s, she worked for many years looking after mission partners in Africa. She has recently been involved in local projects such as the Living Crib, with Churches Together in Wotton, as well as organising a Help for Heroes lunch for 100 people. She has been a governor for more than five years and has two grandchildren of school age.


Lee Bennett – Parent Governor/ Vice Chair

Lee is married to Emma and together they have 4 children that all currently attend the British School. Lee went to the British school when he was a child so he has a long standing association with the school and the journey that it has undertaken over the years. Lee runs his own business and plays an active role in the community by running one of the Wotton Rovers Youth Football teams with many of the players attending this school. Lee is always looking to support the school staff on making improvements, with the aim to continuously move the School forward and ensure everyone does their very best for the children.


Mike Smylie – Parent Governor

Mike is a writer, herring smoker and fisheries historian and now also co-runs the Fish out of Water gallery in Wotton. He has three children, the eldest a registered heating engineer, whilst the other two are at the British School. Amongst his interests are travelling, hiking, boating, woodworking and social history.


Paul Clarke - Parent Governor

Paul moved to Wotton under Edge from Bristol with his wife, Suzanne, in 2009.  Paul and Suzanne chose to come to Wotton due to the sense of community and the opportunity to bring up children in a rural setting.  They now have two children at The British School and a third in the Kindergarten Pre-School. Paul works in Bristol as a practice accountant; is currently the Chair of the British School PTA and is also the Treasurer of the Kindergarten Pre-School.  When not chasing around after his three children, he enjoys travelling, walking and playing football.


Alastair Kendall – Co-opted Governor

Alastair moved to Wotton ten years ago with his wife Gill who works as a Teaching Assistant at the school. He works for the Higher Education Funding Council as a data assurance adviser making sure Universities are allocated their correct funding and providing accurate information to students. He has always been committed to supporting his local community and is a Town Councillor and Chair of the Town Regeneration Committee. When not going to meetings he enjoys walking and exercise and trying to keep up with his six grandchildren. Alastair believes the British School to be a fantastic place for children to learn and develop. 


Jodie McTear – Parent Governor

Jodie has been living in Wotton Under Edge since 2014. She has one daughter at The British School and a son in the Kindergarten. Jodie is a childminder and also is Chair person of the Bearlands Play Area Association, who are trying to redevelop an old local play area. Jodie also enjoys travelling, walking, being on the allotment and painting.


Gerard McLachlan - Parent Governor

Gerard moved to Wotton-under-Edge in 2011 with his wife Kelly and their three children. The things that first attracted them to Wotton remain the same – the beauty of Wotton’s natural and built environment and the strong feeling of community in the town. Gerard works for a local solicitors’ practice, dealing with rural and agricultural property transactions, and also volunteers for the local Scout Group and the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. All three children attend the British School and Gerard is looking forward to working with the teachers and other governors to help build on their success in making it a successful and friendly community school.